Weekly Roundup - Crushing Victory for DiF Ladies
The ladies were in a hurry to end their game on Saturday. After restricting Stockholm CC to just 25 off 11.2 overs with a fine display of bowling (Monali boasting figures of 3 for 5, Gunjan 2 for 1), they knocked off the runs in just 7 balls, and now boast a net run rate of a whopping 21.04 in the SCL T20 competition. Blandine was player of the match for her 16 runs and one wicket.
Report by Benedict, 18th of May
U15s took a road trip to Märsta. Ved won the toss and elected to bowl. This paid dividends already in the first over, as he took a neat caught and bowled. However, the next two batsmen settled in and gradually started to put on some runs but not at an exorbitant rate. Ved took the second wicket in the 13th over with the score on 81. The next two wickets fell in quick succession to Arnav Dubey including an excellent catch by stand-in keeper Jhanik. But the next partnership stayed together to the end of the innings, adding 61 runs in the last 5 overs. 144 looked like a doable score but again it would have been better to cut down on the extras.
However, batting got off to horrible start with 3 wickets gone already in the first over. And by the 5th over we were already 15-6. However, Arnav Singh the open was still there and started to score freely and put on a nice partnership with Jhanik for the 7th wicket. With his departure, Vir came in and also started to play some nice shots. Unfortunately, Arnav got out soon after for 25. But Vir shepherded the tail and new boy Agarav got his first runs for DIF, before getting out.
Next match is versus Botkyrka this Sunday. Hopefully we will be back to full strength.
Report by Benedict, 16th of May
The first game of the season for U15, against one of the SCC U15 teams took place on Monday evening. DIF won the toss and elected to bowl. While SCC boys were pegged back in the beginning by two stumpings from Rishabh off Ved's bowling, the extras started to mount even though the other bowlers still took wickets, especially Arnav Dubey who took 3 wickets, and Ved shone again with a great catch in the field. In the end, SCC made 160 in the 20 overs but the 43 extras in the end would cost the boys. They started brightly keeping up the run chase, but overs 6-9 saw the rate climb, and four quick wickets did not help the cause either. But Ved and Nethyll started to accumulate runs and suddenly the rate become manageable until Ved got out bowled. Vaibav and Nethyll tried to get as many runs in the final over possible, showing that ones can be turned to twos if you put pressure on the fielders. But in the end, they were 18 runs short of the total. Ved was man of the match with his 3 wickets and 42 runs.
The men delivered a crushing victory in their opening T10 game on the 12th of May, scoring a walloping 181/1 off their 10 overs. Shaurav Sarkar smashed 94 off 29 with 9 fours and 8 sixes, while Ashik Imtiaz ended on 62 not out, also off 29 balls.
YCSA fell well short and ended at 43/8, the wickets shared around. Shahzeb's figures were the standout, with 2 wickets for 2 runs in his 2 overs.
Report by Prashant, 6th of May
We played our first match against Hammarby today at Granby, Husby. As it was 9 am early morning start, we elected to bowl first after winning toss to utilize the conditions on local Perth-like pitch. Bilal Saleem Ansari, Shaurav Sarkar and Raz Imtiaz made their debuts for DIF today.
The innings was started by our bowling spearhead Shahzeb Choudhry along with Bilal Saleem Ansari. They kept the openers in check and later on offspinner Shaurav Sarkar during powerplay capitalize on it and provided us first breakthrough, ended his fabulous spell with 13-2 in 4 overs. He was well supported by Shravan Kannan from another end, who chipped 2 wickets by giving mere 21 runs. One of the other highlights was Sesanka Katuri’s acrobatic fielding efforts, taking 2 run outs and a catch. Later on, I took 3 more wickets and Hammarby folded up at 117.
Imtiaz and Shaurav Sarkar opened the batting for us and quickly crossed 50 runs mark within powerplay on a tricky pitch. Raz got out at 41 runs in just 34 balls and replaced by Aritra Bhakat, who was unlucky today and stumped out at nought. Shaurav was joined by our national keeper Wynand Boshoff, who blasted 2 mighty sixes to keep us on track and made 27 runs. We achieved the target in 14.2 overs. Our allrounder Shaurav contributed 35 runs and was the easy choice for MOM.
Great win in our first match and hope to continue the same momentum further ahead in T20 and T10.